Calvin's pre-professional programs will prepare you not only for acceptance into some of the best schools in the country, but also to be a compassionate and well-rounded healthcare provider. Whether you're interested in red blood cells, retinas, rabbits or retainers, a liberal arts education at Calvin can help you achieve your goals.

Overview

Calvin's four-year pre-physical therapy program will prepare you for entrance into a graduate-level program at a variety of schools. Because admission to physical therapy schools is so competitive, it is is important that you meet with a program advisor as soon as possible before registering for courses. This will ensure that you choose the right courses to prepare for entrance to your preferred program. You will also be advised to gain clinical experience by working with a licensed physical therapist.

Each year, two spots at Central Michigan University's Dow College of Health Professions Physical Therapy Program are held for Calvin College students who meet their admissions requirements.

Careers in Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Neuro-rehabilitator
  • Out-patient therapist
  • Health Club Manager/Owner
  • Pediatric physical therapist
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Volunteer at local schools, hospitals and senior centers; Get hands-on experience as a personal trainer for a faculty or staff member; Join a varsity or intramural team; Help Calvin host the Special Olympics.

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Bretton and Kimberly Bolt Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; seeking a career (nursing, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, speech therapy, etc.) that focuses on the care of the elderly; preference is given to those who volunteer or work at a skilled nursing facility
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Kathryn De Weerd Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; planning to pursue a career in chiropractic or osteopathic medicine or physical therapy
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. Paul and Mrs. Doris Dirkse Health Care Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major or pursuing a pre-med, pre-dentistry, pre-physical therapy program or other health-care professions; Christian character; motivation; potential for service
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Drs. Richard James and Susan Beving Strikwerda Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is not required; pursuing a program in pre-med, pre-dentistry or pre-physical therapy; preference is given to graduates of Holland Chr HS (MI), David Glasgow Farragut HS (Spain), or Montgomery County Public HS (MD)
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
West Michigan Pre-Physical Therapy Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior
  • GPA of 3.40+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a degree in the pre-physical therapy program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Steven M. Zifferblatt Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,700
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; pursuing a program in one of the health care professions such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, etc; demonstrate an interest in an understanding of Christian ethics and health care
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
View all scholarship opportunities

Faculty

Eric Arnoys

Eric Arnoys
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 233
earnoys@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6051

David Benson

David Benson
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 303
deb22@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7699

Ronald Blankespoor

Ronald Blankespoor
Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 227
blan@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6174

John Brink

John Brink
Professor
SB 326
brnk@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6627

Laura DeHaan

Laura DeHaan
Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 375
ldehaan@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8689

Randall DeJong

Randall DeJong
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DH 109
rdejong@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7625

Roger DeKock

Roger DeKock
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 301
dekock@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6344

Herbert Fynewever

Herbert Fynewever
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 229
hrf3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7711

Loren Haarsma

Loren Haarsma
Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
SB 260
lhaarsma@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8517

Paul Harper

Paul Harper
Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
SB 161
pharper@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6408

Jonathan Hill

Jonathan Hill
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
SC 217
jph27@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7259

David Koetje

David Koetje
Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
DH 105
dkoetje@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7047

Elisha Marr

Elisha Marr
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
SC 213
emm24@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7019

Nancy Meyer

Nancy Meyer
Professor, Women's Athletic Director
Department of Kinesiology
SF 219
meyn@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6224

Pam Plantinga

Pam Plantinga
Teaching Staff
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
pplantin@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8643

Randall Pruim

Randall Pruim
Professor, Department Chair
Department Chair
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 284
rpruim@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7113

Thomas Scofield

Thomas Scofield
Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 281
scofield@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6856

Anding Shen

Anding Shen
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DH 209
as28@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6025

Allen Shoemaker

Allen Shoemaker
Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 344
shoe@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8536

Kumar Sinniah

Kumar Sinniah
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 225
ksinniah@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6058

Donald Tellinghuisen

Donald Tellinghuisen
Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 361
dtelling@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6745

Randall Van Dragt

Randall Van Dragt
Professor
Ecosystem Preserve Director
Department of Biology
DH 113
vdra@calvin.edu
(616)526-6497

Douglas Vander Griend

Douglas Vander Griend
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 231
dav4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8729

Amy Wilstermann

Amy Wilstermann
Associate Professor
Associate Director, The Calvin Honors Program
Department of Biology
DH 129
amw26@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7620

Julie Yonker

Julie Yonker
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 380
jey2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7668

Talk to us

Jodie Bird Jodie Bird
Department Co-Chair
Department of Kinesiology
SF 215
jb26@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8862

Ryan Rooks Ryan Rooks
Department Co-Chair
Department of Kinesiology
SF 241
rmw3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7541

Brian Bolt Brian Bolt
Department Co-Chair
Professor or Kinesiology
Department of Kinesiology
SF 220
brb8@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7526

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